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Sheikh Abdullah: UAE's Foreign Policy has enormously changed

posted on 01/07/2010: 931 views

Berlin - Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the foreign policy of the UAE has enormously changed thanks to the prudent guidance by its leaders. United Arab Emirates today applies the latest methods in diplomacy and continues to make several global initiatives. It also ensures its strong presence in the international forums and play an active and effective role in international affairs, he added.

Sheikh Abdullah was addressing the first forum of the Heads of diplomatic representations of the United Arab Emirates in the European continent.

In his inaugural speech at the forum held at the UAE embassy in Berlin, Sheikh Abdullah conveyed to the participants, the greetings of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

He asserted the pride of the leaders in the role and efforts of the ambassadors in the service of United Arab Emirates and its people.

He also said that the Foreign Ministry will be holding a General Forum for our ambassadors abroad in the month of Ramadan, creating for them the opportunity to meet with senior government officials and interact positively and effectively with them. Regional Forums will also be held in other parts which have not yet been covered by the present gathering, he pointed out.

"These meetings between the Foreign Ministry and our ambassadors abroad will enrich the work of diplomacy through the exchange of views and ideas for the development of diplomatic and consular missions", Sheikh Abdullah said.

`In his speech, Sheikha Abdullah shed light on the fast developing role of the UAE in the international arena and cited several examples in this regard.

Last year UAE became successful in hosting the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), adopted the initiative of Friends of Pakistan and hosted a number of meetings of global importance. It also chaired the Economic Committee of the Friends of Yemen, which held its first meeting in Abu Dhabi. Most recently UAE adopted the initiative for the cooperation between the member countries in the Arab League and the Pacific Small Islands Developing States. UAE was also elected to a significant number of international organisations such as the Human Rights Council, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organisation of Civil Aviation, among others, Sheikh Abdullah noted in his speech.

"Everyone is also aware of the important role played by the United Arab Emirates in Afghanistan, where it is contributing significantly to the reconstruction in addition to the humanitarian work as UAE coordinate with the NATO countries in establishing security and stability in Afghanistan", Sheikh Abdullah said.

Sheikh Abdullah disclosed that the Foreign Ministry has designed a new strategy which sets out the important goals and the time-frame for its implementation, whereas the Ambassadors will play an important role in achieving these strategic goals.

Ministry has also defined a number of countries of major importance and have developed a strategy and action plan for each one of them that will be presented during the forthcoming General Forum.

"The European continent has seen several major political and economic changes. On the political side, governments change and the role of the political right is rising as well as its way of dealing with Arab issues and its view of Islam. The media distorts the image of Islam, while we all seek to show the world its true face through our civilised form that commensurate with the current reality", Sheikh Abdullah said.

On the economic side, he noted that the global financial crisis ravaged European countries like the rest of the world. This has caused large deficits in their budgets and have affected its currency. Countries like Greece are heavily influenced by the crisis and it led to the imposition of an austerity policy in their budgets, which in turn will make negative impacts on the global economy. â€" Emirates News Agency, WAM


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